Thursday, August 25, 2016

Switzerland and Modern Diplomacy lecture

Back from vacation? Ready to start the new school year? Don't miss the opening lecture of the Fall 2016 Lecture Series at Franklin University Switzerland by Ambassador Pio Wennubst, Assistant Director General and Head of the Global Cooperation Department at the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation.

Ambassador Wennubst was born in Lugano in 1961 and has extensive experience in development diplomacy based on extensive field work in areas such as rural development, microfinance and public health. He joined the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in 1995 and was initially posted to Bolivia and subsequently to Madagascar where he was tasked with reorganizing Swiss development cooperation activities. From 2008 to 2011, he was the deputy permanent representative of the Swiss mission to the Rome-based UN agencies. He later joined the Swiss permanent mission to the UN in New York as head of the economic and social development team, and currently manages the Global Cooperation Department as Assistant Director General of the SDC.

Now, this promises plenty of interesting aspects to learn about Modern Diplomacy and Switzerland.

Venue: Switzerland and Modern Diplomacy by Ambassador Pio Wennubst
Where: Franklin University Switzerland, Nielsen Auditorium, Via Ponte Tresa 29, Sorento
Date: Thursday, September 1st, 2016
Time: 19:00 to 20:00

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Greek rhapsody

What can I say... I am in love with Greece...

the food

the sea

the history

the chilling

the beaches

the hospitality

the nature

the smells 

the time out

the sunsets

the little harbours

the cobblestones

the attitude 

the architecture

the views

 the alphabet

Sunday, August 14, 2016

On holiday...

Saturday, August 13, 2016

10 types of Expats

Last year InterNations published their second annual Expat Insider survey. The expat organisation surveyed 14,000 of its 1.8 million members from around the world to assess the living situations and wellbeing of expatriates. With this wealth of quantitative and qualitative data, they defined 10 specific types of expats as shown in the infographic below.

Naturally, the 10 categories are not 100% inclusive – there will always be people who don’t fit neatly into one – but considering the size of the survey, it is the most representative data we have. Which type of expat are you? Or, if you haven’t yet taken the plunge, which would you likely be in the future?

To download the full Expat Insider 2015 report, click here: https://internationsexpatinsider/pdf/expat_insider_2015

Sunday, August 7, 2016

A romantic walk through Gandria

You can’t really say you’ve visited Lugano unless you’ve visited the romantic hamlet of Gandria. In this magic and incredibly charming location, you’ll be able to take a dive into the past and discover how the fishermen and the inhabitants of the lake used to live. In the company of a guide you will navigate Lake Ceresio on board of a boat, which will wait for your return, while you leisurely stroll up and down the village streets. All set to go?

Meeting point is every Monday in front of the Information office Palazzo Civico at 13:40.

You can register and receive your voucher for CHF 10.- ( Kids: CHF 6.-) at Info Points Ente Turistico del Luganese, the Palazzo Civico, the Agno Airport or Lugano's train station. The tour finishes at 17:40.

For more info call Tel. +41 (0)91 605 12 26 or e-mail to
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Friday, August 5, 2016

BE, an unusual poem

“Be” is a poem constructed from corporate brand mottos.

You might be into brands or marketing or just feel like spending some time guessing who's who... in any case this motto manifesto should keep you busy. It's amazing to see how many slogans the kids recognise!


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Locarno's International Film festival is on this week

Just for one week  - but for over 70 years - the Film Festival has been transforming Locarno into the Swiss capital of cinema. From morning until late at night crowds from all across the globe enjoy this festival with its intoxicating atmosphere spreading throughout cinemas, squares, bars and the Piazza of the Festival.

The main feature of the festival is the open-air screening area at the Piazza Grande with room for over 8,000 spectators, featuring one of the largest open-air screens in the world (26x14 metres).

Even if you haven't managed to buy movie tickets, don’t miss the opportunity to relax and have fun between the screenings. Just go with the flow and experience Ticino's summer vibes at their best. The entire Ascona-Locarno region with its lake, rivers, botanical gardens, valleys and mountains will offer you unforgettable moments.

For further information, the program, tickets and passes we invite you to visit the festival website

Venue:Locarno Fim Festival
Where: Piazza Grande, 6600 Locarno
Date:  From 03.08.2016 to 13.08.2016
Click here for a detailed programme:

Monday, August 1, 2016

Happy 1st August

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Yoga at the bagno pubblico

What better way to see out the month of July than to enjoy a relaxing yoga session with a spectacular view onto the lake of Lugano?

Join Kat Walser as she practices yoga al fresco along the lake tomorrow morning at the Bagno pubblico!

Bring your mat and soak in the beauty of nature in front of you: the lake, the mountains, the sky… while Yoga Roof’s beautiful teacher guides you in a peaceful and regenerating practice.

All levels are welcome.

Spread the news, bring a friend: this is a great opportunity to try yoga and enjoy the practice in unbeatable surroundings.

Venue: Yoga al fresco
Where: Bagno pubblico Lugano, Riva Caccia , 6900 Lugano
Date: Sunday, July 30th, 2016
Time: 9:00 - 10:00
Price: CHF 6.- for Riva Caccia entrance, the yoga class is free!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Swiss National Day

August 1st is a day of celebration in the whole of Switzerland. The date is inspired by the Rütlischwur, in the summer of 1291, when three Alpine cantons (Schwyz, Uri and Unterwalden) swore the oath of confederation, an action which later came to be regarded as the foundation of Switzerland.

Different commemorative ceremonies will take place in Lugano, culminating in the speech of a prestigious guest in the Piazza della Riforma and a big fireworks show along the lake.

Here is the programme:

06:00 Reveille with the Drums
10:15 Meeting of the authorities in the Patio of the Town Council
10:30 Laying of the wreath at the Monument of Independence
11:00 Concert of the Castagnola Philharmonic Orchestra in Piazza della Riforma
20:30 Meeting of the Authorities and Associations of Via Nassa
20:45 Departure of the cortege of the Authorities (Route: Via Nassa, Piazza Battaglini, Riva Vela, Rivetta Tell, Via Canova, Via degli Albrizzi, Piazza Manzoni, Piazza Riforma)
21:15 Commemorative speech of Piero Martinoli, President of Università della Svizzera italiana
21:45 Concert in Piazza della Riforma by the Civic Philharmonic of Lugano
22:30 Grand fireworks display
23:15 Musical entertainment with Lüganiga Band in the city centre

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